National Velvet: The Luxurious Look and Feel of Decorating with Velvet
There are so many associations with velvet and the cold months that are upon us – a favourite childhood holiday dress, a stocking, the runner on your grandmother’s festive table. Woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of velvet at the same time, the two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls.
Before the advent of industrial power looms, velvet was terribly expensive to make and as a result was a fabric used solely by nobility. It is traditionally made with silk but there are variations, slightly less plush, made from cotton, linen, mohair and wool. Some variations are occasionally patterned or embossed. Sofas, headboards, cushions, curtains and chairs – velvet to me is synonymous with warmth, comfort and luxury wherever it is used.
Key Photo: William Brinson